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Product Details

  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Ulysses Press; 1 edition (April 17, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1612430465
  • ISBN-13: 978-1612430461
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 7.4 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #473,373 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Dr. Karl Knopf is the coordinator for the fitness therapist program at Foothill College of California. He is the author of numerous therapeutic fitness books such as The Foam Roller Workbook, The Healthy Shoulder Handbook and Stretching for 50+.

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Dr. Karl Knopf has taught corrective exercise to the disabled and older adults for over 37 years at Foothill College and is currently the Coordinator of the Adaptive Fitness Therapy AA Degree Program at the college. Dr. Karl as his students like to call him has authored over 15 books for both the lay public as well as for fitness trainers, as well as numerous articles.

Dr. Knopf was the founder and President of Fitness Educators of Older Adults for 15 years and he is currently on the Board of the Sit and Be Fit Organization. Dr. Knopf is also contributor to the International Sports Science Association courses on Fitness Therapy and Senior Fitness.

Through out Dr. Knopf's career he has been featured in the Wall Street Journal and has been quoted in major newspapers such LA Times, San Jose Mercury and Washington Post. He has served as a consultant to the State of California, Stanford University, Time Life Medical and he even contributed a chapter to a book by Richard Simmons. He is a frequent guest on radio and often speaks at Wellness Events.

Dr. Karl can be reached at Foothill College
650--949-7779 or knopfkarl@foothill.edu


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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Gregory on November 23, 2012
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I was looking for a good book on kettlebell exercises for the over 50s. I was seriously disappointed with this book and feel I could have spent my money better on another publication. This is a short book and does not give sufficient nor adequate descriptions of how to perform the exercises. Consequently, there is not enough details nor step by step guidelines explaining how to do an exercise safely or how to avoid injury. There is very little information on how to do squat exercises properly which are prone to cause back injury if done incorrectly. There is very little information on how to prevent the kettlebell striking the wrists.
Most of the weight exercises described would not require a kettlebell and could be done using a dumbbell. Very little coverage is given to swing and ballistic exerices which are the main component of a kettelbell workout.
I have since read another book by a specialist kettlebell trainer and it was far superior. Even though it was aimed at a general audience and was not age specific it gave better safety and injury avoidance tips and step by step instructions.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Fiona Gilbert on June 24, 2012
Format: Paperback
When I first started using kettlebells, they only came in pood sizing (1 pood = approximately 36lbs). Now that they are in vogue, they start as small as 5lbs (available at Target stores) and are brightly colored to go with your home decor.

Dr Karl's book is perfect for individuals looking for a new tool to challenge themselves safely and effectively. Due to the shape of the kettlebell, it forces your core to engage and incites your need to maintain control of your center of gravity. This equals a fantastic functional workout.

Before starting, please DO NOT skip the chapter entitled "before you begin". Aside from highlighting safety and injury prevention, it has a section on common problem areas.

Highlights of the book:
- Tips on finding the correct starting weight for you
- Variations and modifications for your ability level
- Exercises recommendations for specific sports
- Excellent photos
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By fernifer on April 7, 2012
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Dr. Karl once again provides a wonderfully informative book on exercise and fitness. It is presented simply with great photographs of real people exercising. The programs presented cover many topics as well as safety and proper introduction to exercise. Great Book!!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Kitt on April 10, 2014
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I got this to up my strength training. I love it and use it everytime I exercise which is 3-4 times a week. I suggest before beginning, to get advice on the proper form. Or watch the various exercises online. Otherwise, you'll risk injury. I'm at level 3 and will slowly work my way up.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By ginnaprn on July 31, 2013
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I have kettlebells and have using this book to teach me the proper techniques and what areas of the body to focus on. It's a great instructional book.
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